You may want to increase your family's freezer storage for several reasons. The freezer compartment in your refrigerator might just not be large enough for all your frozen food, especially if you freeze the bounty of your summer garden so you can enjoy home-grown vegetables all year round. A stand-up freezer is perfect for that. If you want to preserve nuts, bread, cheese and grains for use later, an upright deep freezer does the trick. If you catch more than one meal on each fishing trip, you may want the added space to hold the day’s catch. And if you want to be prepared for unexpected dinner guests, you want to store extra baking dishes of lasagna in your freezer. A stand-up deep freezer can also save you money by allowing you buy in bulk when food goes on sale, which may also mean fewer trips to the grocery store. Upright freezers allow you to prepare meals ahead of time for family dinners or for the kids’ school lunches.
As you choose between an upright deep freezer and a chest freezer, consider the aesthetics (a standing freezer often blends into the kitchen better than other styles), available floor space (an upright freezer has a smaller footprint), organization (the shelves in an upright freezer make it easier to locate, monitor and rotate food) and defrosting (a frost-free upright freezer eliminates manual defrosting, which is time-consuming and requires you to empty the freezer). A stand-up deep freezer may cost more depending on what size you choose. Finding the best upright freezer for you means determining how much you need to freeze: a small upright freezer is one to nine cubic feet, a medium freezer is 12 to 18 cubic feet and a large model can be 19 cubic feet or more.
Bringing your new stand-up freezer home.
Before you buy your freezer, determine where it will go, keeping in mind not only the freezer dimensions, but allowing space for the doors to swing open on their hinges, and at least one inch behind the appliance for ventilation. Make sure you measure the hallways, doorways and kitchen islands on the way from the door to the stand-up freezer's final spot to ensure easy appliance delivery. Best Buy offers professional installation and haul-away services if needed.
If you live in an area that frequently suffers heavy, power-disrupting storms, consider a surge protector to protect the electronics in your standing freezer and any other home electronics from the effects of unexpected electrical surges.